Bob Beacham

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Bob Beacham has always had a fascination for all things mechanical and received an engineering degree from Aylesbury College in the UK. During his 35-year career, he has worked on everything from automotive components to oil rigs. On weekends you will often find him tinkering with a car or motorcycle. He’s also a DIY enthusiast, and with a great deal of help from his wife has completely renovated two derelict buildings, turning them into comfortable homes. He now splits his time between contract work and writing articles that share his practical experience. He may be the last person on earth who isn’t on Facebook, Twitter, or Linkedin.

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FEBRUARY 24, 2021 | WEDNESDAY
The Best Slip Joint Pliers to Add to Your Tool Box

It often seems there are pliers for every task, but few offer the versatility of the best slip joint pliers. They make a great addition to any DIY or professional tool box. Perhaps becaus...

FEBRUARY 23, 2021 | TUESDAY
The Best Heat Pump for Efficient Heating of Your Home

When compared with traditional HVAC systems that use a furnace for heat and an air conditioner for cooling, a heat pump can offer significant energy savings that result in lower household...

FEBRUARY 22, 2021 | MONDAY
The Best Miter Gauge to Add to Your Worktable

The miter is perhaps the most common of woodworking joints. Simple miters can be cut by hand using a miter box. It’s a quick and easy way to make picture frames, for example. A powered mi...

FEBRUARY 21, 2021 | SUNDAY
The Best Paint for Bathrooms to Prevent Peeling

After deciding on a color and investing in quality brushes and paint rollers to create a professional finish, choosing the type of paint is perhaps more important for a bathroom than anyw...

FEBRUARY 17, 2021 | WEDNESDAY
The Best Welders to Add to Your Workshop

Welding has a reputation for demanding expensive equipment and a high level of skill and training. While historically this may have been true, many modern MIG welders are quite affordable...

JANUARY 28, 2021 | THURSDAY
The Best Tile Leveling Systems for DIYers and Pros

Tile offers an extensive range of style and design possibilities for your walls and floors. While it may seem that tiling requires high levels of skill to achieve a consistent finish, the...

JANUARY 27, 2021 | WEDNESDAY
The Best Bow Saws for Fast Cuts

The bow saw has been popular with woodworkers since Roman times. Early bow saws were made of wood, with a steel blade and a twisted cord or wire for tension. The design, which hasn’t chan...

JANUARY 27, 2021 | WEDNESDAY
The Best Siding Nailers for Installing or Repairing a Home’s Exterior

Siding helps protect the structure of your home, adds an extra layer of insulation that can lower your energy bill, and adds curb appeal to enhance the value. You can use an ordinary hamm...

JANUARY 26, 2021 | TUESDAY
The Best Forstner Bit Sets for Cutting Clean Holes

Standard drill bits are versatile, but they have their limitations. While ordinary drill bits are quite efficient, their cutting action can create ragged holes, particularly when working ...

JANUARY 25, 2021 | MONDAY
The Best Crimping Tools for Wiring Projects

Many electrical connections rely on a terminal (a bolt-down or push-fit connector) with an open end crimped onto the bare end of a wire or cable. The terminals, often simply called crimps...